To say our family eats a lot of yogurt is an understatement. Every morning my husband and I have some yogurt sprinkled with fruit, granola or nuts. When I’m craving something sweet after dinner I add a touch of honey to plain yogurt and presto, a dessert that satisfies. Our 18 month old must have inherited our yogurt-loving genes. On those days when he refuses to eat everything I put in front of him, he’ll always at least eat some yogurt. (By the way, that's not my family in the image to the left. That's a family that produces Icelandic skyr. I'm pretty sure they eat a lot of yogurt, too. Read on to find out more about skyr.)
Don’t love yogurt quite as much as my family or are your dietary restrictions keeping you away? Well, here are some interesting new products that just might change your mind about yogurt. There’s even a non-dairy option! If you are a yogurt fan, then you’ll definitely want to give these unique yogurt styles a try.
is thicker and creamier than the standard yogurt found in U.S. supermarkets. It has a mild flavor, not too tangy, and is a delicious treat mixed with fruit. The consistency and plain flavor is similar to sour cream, so it makes a great substitute. In fact, the classic Greek condiment, tzatziki
sauce, is yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic and spices. Try something similar with this Creamy Cucumber Side
Eros Organic Greek Yogurt
OIKOS Organic Greek Yogurt
- Crafted in Sonoma County, California, exclusively for Whole Foods Market® stores; you won’t find it anywhere else
- Uses organic 2% milk from cows raised without added growth hormones
- Partners with a dairy certified by Humane Farm Animal Care
- Try these flavors: Plain, Honey, Vanilla or fruit-on-the-bottom Blueberry or Strawberry
- Authentic recipe makes for a rich flavor and creamy texture with 0% fat
- Fresh, organic milk comes from family farms and organic fruits are hand-picked and prepared the same day
- Five live active cultures: S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. casei
- The larger 32-oz size is sold only at Whole Foods Market®
) is Iceland’s traditional non-fat dairy specialty made with skim milk and live active cultures. The whey is strained from the milk which means you get a thick, creamy, concentrated yogurt. Less liquid, means they need to use 3-4 times more milk to produce a regular cup of yogurt, which means skyr has more protein per serving than standard yogurt.
Skyr.is Icelandic Skyr
Siggi’s Icelandic-Style Non-Fat Skyr
- Packed with protein and calcium and naturally fat free
- Produced by a cooperative of family-run dairy farms and milk producers in Iceland
- Production facilities use only 100% carbon-fee electricity
- Member farms are compliant with Iceland’s progressive standards for domestic livestock welfare
- Available in Plain, Vanilla, Blueberry and Strawberry flavors
- A minimal ingredient list that includes real fruit
- Made with milk from family farms in Chenango County, New York
- Two new flavors, Peach and Strawberry, just added to the stellar lineup: Plain (available in 6-oz and 16-oz sizes), Vanilla, Acai, Blueberry, Grapefruit, Orange & Ginger, and Pomegranate & Passion Fruit
- Read about the spread of Siggi’s New York-made Icelandic-style skyr in this Whole Story blog post from 2009, Siggi’s Skyr Going Nationwide, and grab a coupon for Siggi’s in the January/February issue of The Whole Deal value guide
All this yogurt talk got you down because you don’t eat dairy. Cheer up! Here is a really interesting new product for you, or anyone else who wants to change it up a little. It’s yogurt made from almondmilk. I have to admit, I haven’t had this yet, so I can’t give you the lowdown on the flavor or texture. I really like almondmilk, so I definitely plan to give this a try.
Amande Cultured Almondmilk
- A Whole Foods Market exclusive!
- Made with organic California almonds and sweetened with fruit juice
- Contains billions of live active cultures and is naturally low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free
- Gluten free, casein free, lactose free, soy free and vegan
- Available in a variety of flavors: Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Coconut, Peach, and Cherry
These are just some of the many great yogurt options on our shelves. There is surely a style and flavor for every taste. Have you tried an interesting yogurt recently? What’s your favorite?